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One of the hallmarks of a St. Joseph education is our retreat program. Each class has yearly retreats which culminates with the senior KAIROS retreat. The retreat dates for the 2018-2019 school year are as follows:

  • August 30, 2018 -- Freshman Retreat
  • September 25, 2018 -- Sophomore Retreat (1/2 of class)
  • September 26, 2018 -- Sophomore Retreat (1/2 of class)
  • October 2, 2018 -- Junior Retreat
  • November 5-8, 2018 -- Senior Kairos Retreat
  • January 23, 2019 -- Freshman Mini-Retreat
  • February 26, 2019 -- Sophomore Mini-Retreat
  • February 11-14, 2019 - Senior Kairos Retreat
  • April 3, 2019 -- Junior Retreat
Freshmen Fall Retreat – Thursday, August 30, 2018 will be a day at a Waller Park to welcome the new freshmen class and help them understand what it means to be a St. Joseph High School Knight. This is a required retreat for all freshmen who will meet from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm.

Freshmen Half Day Retreat – Wednesday, January 23, 2019 will be a time to celebrate our life in Jesus Christ and have a time of fellowship away from the regular class schedule. This required retreat meets at St. Andrews from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm.

Sophomore Fall Retreat – Tuesday, September 25 and Wednesday, September 26, 2018. Sophomores will meet at the Josephite Novitiate at 180 Patterson Road from 8:15 am to 2:30 pm. This is a time for the class to join in fellowship and learn about the Kingdom of God, hear an inspiring speaker, celebrate Mass and learn more about Jesus Christ. Please note: The class will be divided in half and the list will be announced in Theology class as the permission slips are given out.

Sophomore Half Day Retreat – Tuesday, February 26, 2019 from 9:35 am to 2:30 pm at St. Andrews Methodist Church and this will be a time to refresh the themes of the all-day retreat and get some time to discuss important moral issues and spiritual issues. This is a required retreat for all Sophomores.

Junior Retreat – Tuesday, October 2, 2018. The theme of the Junior retreat will center around the big day ahead:All class retreat,Ring Mass, and Ring Mass reception! Re-U-KNIGHTED!!!!! The retreat will begin at 8:45 am - 2:30 pm at Santa Maria Fairpark. The whole class will participate in activities centered around the role of God in their lives as developing young adults in their faith!

Junior Half Day Retreat – Wednesday, April 3, 2019 from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm. Details TBA.


Kairos is a Greek word meaning “God’s time.” More specifically, Kairos refers to the time God creates in order for people of faith to meet and experience Him on His terms. Kairos is a high school retreat program started in Ohio with a Jesuit high school affiliated with John Carroll University and it is based on the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Kairos retreats are used throughout the entire United States and around the world. The retreat is an intense, four-day process that provides participants the chance to contemplate God's role in their lives.

St. Joseph High School has a very special and unique Kairos retreat tailored to best meet the needs of it’s “senior” student population. It was established at St. Joseph High School in 1999 by a handful of dedicated teachers and students. Today, each retreat is led by faculty members, alumni, and students who have all attended at least one other Kairos retreat. The difference between Kairos and other retreats is that it focuses on helping one find his or her own personal relationship with God during a few days of discerning and discovery. Through the course of the retreat, a building of a strong community takes place, through encouraging openness, reflection, and trust. This experience is a highlight of the senior year.

For more information about the St. Joseph retreat program, please contact Mrs. Elizabeth Gregory egregory@sjhsknights.com .